26 June 2012

Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research

Research to help secure Australia’s future

Australia’s four Learned Academies will work together to provide the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) with research-based evidence that will support policy development in areas of strategic importance to Australia’s future.

Minister for Science and Research Senator Chris Evans today announced the Gillard Government, through the Australian Research Council (ARC), is investing $10 million in the Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects scheme.

Working with PMSEIC and the Chief Scientist, the learned academies will undertake research in areas vital to Australia’s future.

“The Australian Council of Learned Academies (AcoLA) will use this $10 million investment for a series of strategic research programs selected by PMSEIC and the Chief Scientist,” Senator Evans said.

“Australia’s best minds will deliver their research findings to the ARC and to the Chief Scientist, who will take the work to PMSEIC.

“The research findings will give the Chief Scientist and PMSEIC a strong evidence-base with which they will recommend new policies that will help secure a strong, fair and productive future for Australia.

“World class science and research is crucial to Australia’s future competitiveness.

“We must ensure science and research policy underpins industry and innovation and drives them to adapt to the modern economy.”

Current areas of research include:

  • Australia’s comparative advantage
  • Country comparisons in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Asian literacy
  • The role of science, research and technology in lifting Australian productivity
  • New technologies and their role in our security, cultural, democratic, social and economic systems
  • Engineering energy, in particular unconventional gas exploration.

It is also anticipated that additional projects will be identified as the research conducted by ACoLA progresses.

For more information on the Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects scheme, visit the ARC website.

Senator Evans’ Media Contact: 
Rhys Davies 0411 138 572